Helen S. Lawrence, PhD is an author and entrepreneur whose goal is to inspire and educate the public on the importance of kindness and civility. She received her etiquette certification from the American School of Protocol. A maven for good manners, she promotes social intelligence and teaches etiquette to children and adults within the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. She enjoys collecting vintage letters, calligraphy, growing Scuppernong grapes, and baking the perfect Red Velvet Cake.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Becoming an indie author happened as a unique and life changing moment for me. My original intent was to simply develop a brochure for local high schools. I wanted to let young people understand the importance of being on their best behavior while riding the Metro subway in the Washington, DC area since I regularly encountered them during my commute. However, when I drove or walked around the city, I noticed bad habits are not only displayed by young people but also adults! I began taking notes (literally), and before you knew it, I had enough material for a book. A scientist by training, my "data" and observations inspired me to write and hopefully, I will continue my new mission to educate and promote the idea of social intelligence and civility as we travel. I like the freedom and flexibility that writer's have in the Indie Publishing world and hope to continue on this journey.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Just knowing that I can experience something new for the next 24 hours is exciting to me. I don't take anything for granted and feel inspired to not only be present, but mindful that many people never have the opportunity to meet a new day. And so yes, I am inspired to get out of bed each day. Carpe diem!
Courteous Travel, the Art of Sharing Space provides helpful tips to promote positive behavior while sharing space within public settings. Written for both young people and adults, Courteous Travel, the Art of Sharing Space discusses the importance of civility and safety as citizens walk, ride, drive, or fly within the U.S.A.